Procrastination Quotes

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Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.
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Mark Twain
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Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
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Marthe Troly-Curtin (Phrynette Married)
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A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.
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Hunter S. Thompson (The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967)
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Deadlines just aren't real to me until I'm staring one in the face.
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Rick Riordan (The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1))
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You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.
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Bill Watterson
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Procrastinate now, don't put it off.
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Ellen DeGeneres
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Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.
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Charles Dickens (David Copperfield)
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You may delay, but time will not.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone
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Pablo Picasso
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I'm learning skills I will use for the rest of my life by doing homework...procrastinating and negotiation.
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Bill Watterson
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I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.
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Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind)
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I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after.
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Oscar Wilde
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I'll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.
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Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind)
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My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!
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Charles Dickens (David Copperfield)
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God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.
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Augustine of Hippo
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As much as people fail to admit it, procrastination is a form of laziness.
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Idowu Koyenikan (Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability)
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Your Life Is Happening Right Now: Don't let procrastination take over your life. Be brave and take risks. Your life is happening right now.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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A year from now you may wish you had started today.
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Karen Lamb
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You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
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Abraham Lincoln
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I'm a big believer in putting things off, In fact, I even put off procrastinating. -Ella Varner
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Lisa Kleypas (Smooth Talking Stranger (Travises, #3))
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That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every evasion and every procrastination, every mistake, every word, all of it.
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Joan Didion
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If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
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Rita Mae Brown
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It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
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Leonardo da Vinci
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Procrastination is not the problem. It is the solution. Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.
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Ellen DeGeneres
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The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.
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Winston S. Churchill
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Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day's success.
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Israelmore Ayivor
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Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.
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Denis Waitley
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We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.
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Erica Jong (Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life)
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A day can really slip by when you're deliberately avoiding what you're supposed to do.
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Bill Watterson (There's Treasure Everywhere (Calvin and Hobbes #10))
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Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will--tomorrow
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Gloria Pitzer
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My mother always told me I wouldn't amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, 'Just wait.
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Judy Tenuta
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The scholar's greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.
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Stephen King (11/22/63)
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Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.
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Shannon L. Alder
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I Have Not Yet Begun to Procrastinate" which was the quote on Bay's shirt from "First Frost
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Sarah Addison Allen (First Frost (Waverley Family, #2))
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Someday is not a day of the week.
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Janet Dailey
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If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue and it will select the path of least resistance.
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Susan Del Gatto
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Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday
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Don Marquis
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...the best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today's work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.
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Dale Carnegie (How to Stop Worrying and Start Living)
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The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.
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Alan Dean Foster
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Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.
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Holbrook Jackson
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There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today, and to live most fully today, we must do that which is of greatest importance. Let us not procrastinate those things which matter most.
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Thomas S. Monson
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The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.
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Jessica Hische
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Few understand that procrastination is our natural defense, letting things take care of themselves and exercise their antifragility; it results from some ecological or naturalistic wisdom, and is not always bad -- at an existential level, it is my body rebelling against its entrapment. It is my soul fighting the Procrustean bed of modernity.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder)
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Inertia is so easyβ€”don't fix what's not broken. Leave well enough alone. So we end up accepting what is broken, mistaking complaining for action, procrastinating for deliberation.
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Justina Chen (North of Beautiful)
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Procrastination has become its own solution - a tool I can use to push myself so close to disaster that I become terrified and flee toward success. A more troubling matter is the day-to-day activities that don't have massive consequences when I neglect to do them.
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Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened)
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There are few sources of energy so powerful as a procrastinating college student.
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Paul Graham (Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age)
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Doesn't reincarnation strike you as just another form of procrastination?
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Chuck Palahniuk (Lullaby)
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β™₯"I'm a procrastinating underachiever at heart."β™₯
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Pete Wentz
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We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words β€˜Too Late’.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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Procrastination is attitude's natural assassin. There's nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task
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William James
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You can dance in the storm. Don't wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.
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Israelmore Ayivor
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Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Procrastination is not Laziness", I tell him. "It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.
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Julia Cameron (The Prosperous Heart)
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Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
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Steven Wright
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Life won’t stop for your pauses and procrastinations. It won’t stop for your confusion or fear. It will continue right along without you. Whether you play an active part or not, the show will go on.
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Gary John Bishop (Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life)
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Absolutely not. I'm an expert in procrastination, but the last thing I want you to think is that I'm incompetent, too. Because I'm actually pretty good at what I do.
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Nicholas Sparks
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If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to Β­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient." [The Guardian, 25 February 2010]
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Hilary Mantel
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Kools and Newports were for black people and lower-class whites. Camels were for procrastinators, those who wrote bad poetry, and those who put off writing bad poetry. Merits were for sex addicts, Salems were for alcoholics, and Mores were for people who considered themselves to be outrageous but really weren't.
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David Sedaris (When You Are Engulfed in Flames)
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I have not yet begun to procrastinate.
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Sarah Addison Allen (First Frost (Waverley Family, #2))
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Procrastination is not the problem. It is the solution. It is the universe's way of saying stop, slow down, you move too fast. Listen to the music. Whoa whoa, listen to the music. Because music makes the people come together, it makes the bourgeois and the rebel. So come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody try to love one another. Because what the world needs now is love, sweet love. And I know that love is a battlefield, but boogie on reggae woman because you're gonna make it after all. So celebrate good times, come on. I've gotta stop I've gotta come to my senses, I've been out riding fences for so long... oops I did it again... um... What I'm trying to say is, if you leave tonight and you don't remember anything else that I've said, leave here and remember this: Procrastinate now, don't put it off.
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Ellen DeGeneres
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As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It's a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. Having anybody watching that or attempting to share it with me would be grisly.
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Paul Rudnick
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Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
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Bill Cosby
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The assumption of time is one of humanity's greatest follies. We tell ourselves that there's always tomorrow, when we can no more predict tomorrow than we can the weather. Procrastination is the thief of dreams.
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Richard Paul Evans (The Walk (The Walk, #1))
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Most conservatives also believe in the death penalty, but not abortion, which proves they like to procrastinate.
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Margaret Cho (I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight)
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It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind. -Algernon
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Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays)
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Giving up on our long-term goals for immediate gratification, my friends, is procrastination.
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Dan Ariely (Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions)
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Lack of confidence, sometimes alternating with unrealistic dreams of heroic success, often leads to procrastination, and many studies suggest that procrastinators are self-handicappers: rather than risk failure, they prefer to create conditions that make success impossible, a reflex that of course creates a vicious cycle.
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James Surowiecki
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Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.
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Aaron Burr
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Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters.
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Pandora Poikilos (Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out)
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Perfection' is man's ultimate illusion. It simply doesn't exist in the universe.... If you are a perfectionist, you are guaranteed to be a loser in whatever you do.
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David D. Burns
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Procrastination may be the enemy of productivity, but it can be a resource for creativity.
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Adam M. Grant (Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World)
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Procrastinating is number three on my Stupid List. You still end up exactly where you didn't want to be, doing exactly what you didn't want to do, withe the only difference being that you lost all that time in between, during which you could have been doing something fun. Even worse, you probably stayed in a stressed-out, crappy mood the whole time you were avoiding it. If you know something is inevitable, do it and get it over with. Move on. Life is short.
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Karen Marie Moning (Iced (Fever, #6))
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In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day - or to celebrate each special day.
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Rasheed Ogunlaru
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Now is the time to get serious about living your ideals. How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your nobler self cannot wait any longer. Put your principles into practice – now. Stop the excuses and the procrastination. This is your life! You aren’t a child anymore. The sooner you set yourself to your spiritual program, the happier you will be. The longer you wait, the more you’ll be vulnerable to mediocrity and feel filled with shame and regret, because you know you are capable of better. From this instant on, vow to stop disappointing yourself. Separate yourself from the mob. Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do – now.
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Epictetus (The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness)
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To those of us who often procrastinate on the decision we feel intimidated by lack of education or any area of weakness. I relieve you with this statement: It is not how much you know that arms you with the tools of great decision making, but rather how much you ask. Ask questions.
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T.D. Jakes (Making Great Decisions Reflections: For A Life Without Limits)
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The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.
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Robert De Niro
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I once heard a sober alcoholic say that drinking never made him happy, but it made him feel like he was going to be happy in about fifteen minutes. That was exactly it, and I couldn’t understand why the happiness never came, couldn’t see the flaw in my thinking, couldn’t see that alcohol kept me trapped in a world of illusion, procrastination, paralysis. I lived always in the future, never in the present. Next time, next time! Next time I drank it would be different, next time it would make me feel good again. And all my efforts were doomed, because already drinking hadn’t made me feel good in years.
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Heather King (Parched)
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Both positive and negative thinking are contagious.
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Stephen Richards (The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination)
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I am a person who works well under pressure. In fact, I work so well under pressure that at times, I will procrastinate in order to create this pressure.
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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
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The longer I procrastinate on returning phone calls and emails, the more guilty I feel about it. The guilt I feel causes me to avoid the issue further, which only leads to more guilt and more procrastination. It gets to the point where I don’t email someone for fear of reminding them that they emailed me and thus giving them a reason to be disappointed in me.
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Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half)
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Procrastination expert Rita Emmett explains: β€œThe dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.
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Barbara Oakley (A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra))
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The comfort zone is a psychological state in which one feels familiar, safe, at ease, and secure. If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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Never postpone until tomorrow what you can postpone until the day after.
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Raoul Wallenberg (Letters and Dispatches 1924-1944)
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Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.
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Paulo Coelho (Aleph)
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Habitual procrastinators will readily testify to all the lost opportunities, missed deadlines, failed relationships and even monetary losses incurred just because of one nasty habit of putting things off until it is often too late.
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Stephen Richards (The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination)
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Hesitation of any kind is a sign of mental decay in the young, of physical weakness in the old.
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Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest)
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One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not to be done at all.
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
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Procrastination is also a subtle act of corruption – it corrupts valuable time
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Amit Abraham
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Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
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Michael Landon Jr.
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If you believe you can accomplish everything by "cramming" at the eleventh hour, by all means, don't lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining
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Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead)
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If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it.
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George Bernard Shaw
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If and perhaps.... The language of procrastination and uncertainty. That's just people looking to justify their own lack of action.
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John Flanagan (The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger's Apprentice, #10))
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Procrastination is a lazy man's apology.
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Chinua Achebe (Anthills of the Savannah)
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i have no point in procrastinating any longer..
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Flora Rheta Schreiber
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Think of your many years of procrastination; how the gods have repeatedly granted you further periods of grace, of which you have taken no advantage. It is time now to realise the nature of the universe to which you belong, and of that controlling Power whose offspring you are; and to understand that your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then, to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone, and never in your power again.
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Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)
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The problem with procrastination is it’s been around since the beginning of time it seems.
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Stephen Richards (The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination)
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He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.
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Victor Hugo
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Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal, while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before
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Herodotus (The Histories)
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Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination
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Christina Scalise (Organize Your Life and More)
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The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don't just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed. Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second we can turn the tables on Resistance. This second, we can sit down and do our work.
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Steven Pressfield (The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle)
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...you cannot eat every tadpole and frog in the pond, but you can eat the biggest and ugliest one, and that will be enough, at least for the time being.
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (Easyread Large Edition))
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I am the prince of procrastination. It is my besetting sin. I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after
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Gyles Brandreth (Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance)
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I know I have to do the right thing. And the sooner you do the right thing, the better. You get it over with, and you don't have to worry about it anymore. But who does that in real life? Instead, you procrastinate and think about it and put it off and think about it some more until that one little pebble grows into a giant block inside your head.
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Candace Bushnell (The Carrie Diaries (The Carrie Diaries, #1))
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What is deferred is not avoided.
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Thomas More
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The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day." [Academy Award ceremony, March 2, 2014]
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Robert De Niro
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Procrastination is a hustlers worst enemy.
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Lilly Singh (How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life)
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I should be doing my homework now. But the way I look at it, playing in the snow is a lot more important. Out here I'm learning real skills that I can apply throughout the rest of my life. - Such as? - Procrastination and rationalization.
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Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes #1))
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As a survival-happy species, our successes are calculated in the number of years we have extended our lives, with the reduction of suffering being only incidental to this aim. To stay alive under almost any circumstances is a sickness with us. Nothing could be more unhealthy than to β€œwatch one’s health” as a means of stalling death. The lengths we will go as procrastinators of that last gasp only demonstrate a morbid dread of that event. By contrast, our fear of suffering is deficient.
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Thomas Ligotti (The Conspiracy Against the Human Race)
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From now on I hope always to stay alert, to educate myself as best I can. But lacking this, in Future I will relaxedly turn back to my secret mind to see what it has observed when I thought I was sitting this one out. We never sit anything out. We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
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Ray Bradbury
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The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters. meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked. This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.
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AnaΓ―s Nin (The Diary of AnaΓ―s Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947)
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Faust complained about having two souls in his breast, but I harbor a whole crowd of them and they quarrel. It is like being in a republic.
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Otto von Bismarck
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Q: When is the perfect time? A: Who can say, but probably somewhere between haste and delay - and it's usually most wise to start today.
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Rasheed Ogunlaru
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Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
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Napoleon Hill
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Someone may have all the technical knowledge, scientific intellect and business know-how but when he/she decides to choose laziness, excuses, procrastination, complaining and other bad attitudes, his/her relevance is meaningless.
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Israelmore Ayivor (The Great Hand Book of Quotes)
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He had seen me several times, and had intended to call on me long before, but a peculiar combination of circumstances had prevented it.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first." This is another way of saying that if you have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first.
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
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Everyone procrastinates. The difference between high performers and low performers is largely determined by what they choose to procrastinate on.
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
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When you procrastinate you become a slave to yesterday.
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Stephen McCranie
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That glorious vision of doing good is so often the sanguine mirage of so many good minds.
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Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)
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Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.
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Charles F. Stanley
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My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!
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Charles Dickens (David Copperfield)
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Procrastination is a prelude in a minor key.
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Boris Vian (L'Γ‰cume des jours)
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Nothing says work efficiency like panic mode.
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Don Roff
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Why Dream? Life is a difficult assignment. We are fragile creatures, expected to function at high rates of speed, and asked to accomplish great and small things each day. These daily activities take enormous amounts of energy. Most things are out of our control. We are surrounded by danger, frustration, grief, and insanity as well as love, hope, ecstasy, and wonder. Being fully human is an exercise in humility, suffering, grace, and great humor. Things and people all around us die, get broken, or are lost. There is no safety or guarantees. The way to accomplish the assignment of truly living is to engage fully, richly, and deeply in the living of your dreams. We are made to dream and to live those dreams.
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S.A.R.K. (Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day)
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When we procrastinate, we also put a hold on happiness.
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Charles F. Glassman (Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life)
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Procrastination is like masturbation: it's fun for awhile, but in the end, you're only screwing yourself.
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Lauren Kunze (The Ivy (The Ivy, #1))
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Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill.
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Christopher Parker
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We’re our own hardest critics and it’s easy to let ourselves down. Sleeping too late. Procrastinating. Cutting corners. More than once I’ve looked back on my high school self and thought: how did I do that? How did I work so hard? Our private insecurities follow us and will always follow us.
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Marina Keegan (The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories)
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Who says you need to wait until you 'feel like' doing something in order to start doing it? The problem, from this perspective, isn't that you don't feel motivated; it's that you imagine you need to feel motivated. If you can regard your thoughts and emotions about whatever you're procrastinating on as passing weather, you'll realise that your reluctance about working isn't something that needs to be eradicated or transformed into positivity. You can coexist with it. You can note the procrastinatory feelings and act anyway.
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Oliver Burkeman (The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking)
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The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you seem to be naturally motivated to continue.
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
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I think the official name for such activity is procrastination by chocolate hobnobs. Successful authors are the type who type and who do not indulge in hobnobbing on the couch.
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Gillibran Brown (Fun With Dick and Shane (Memoirs of a Houseboy, #1))
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If you ask me, reincarnation is just another way to procrastinate.
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Chuck Palahniuk (Lullaby)
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Nothing is therefore more dangerous than solitude. Our imagination, forced by its very nature to unfold, nourished by the fantastic visions of poetry, gives shape to a whole order of creatures of which we are the lowliest, and everything around us seems to be more glorious, everyone else more perfect...If, on the other hand, we can make up our minds to go about our daily tasks, resigned to our feelings, and hardships, we often find that, in spite of our meanderings and procrastinations, we have gone farther than quite a few others have gone with their sails unfurled and steering gear functioning.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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So, please people, if you know someone with AD(H)D, don’t try to change that about them. Don’t take that one skill away, or make them feel ashamed to use it. Sometimes procrastination is all they have in their little superhero tool belt!
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Stacey Turis (Here's to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit - Oh Look! A Chicken!)
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I think I need to become perfect all at once, so I keep getting overwhelmed and putting it off. I can't remember the last time that I didn't have something hanging over my head. There are usually about thirty to eighty things. Is that normal? Don't tell me. If it's not, I'm a jerk. If it is, that's super-depressing, and I know I'll just use 'this is normal' as an excuse to procrastinate even more.
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Anna Kendrick (Scrappy Little Nobody)
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I think it’s good to have a lot of projects going at once so you can bounce between them. When you get sick of one project, move over to another, and when you’re sick of that one, move back to the project you left. Practice productive procrastination.
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Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative)
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With the notebook resting ominuslously on Janie's bed, Janie procrastinates. Does her homework first. And pours herself a bowl of ceral. Breakfast - one of the five most important meals of the day. Not to be skipped.
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Lisa McMann (Fade (Wake, #2))
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How often do you find yourself saying, β€œIn a minute”, β€œI’ll get to it” or β€œTomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.
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Stephen Richards (The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination)
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Addiction, self-sabotage, procrastination, laziness, rage, chronic fatigue, and depression are all ways that we withhold our full participation in the program of life we are offered. When the conscious mind cannot find a reason to say no, the unconscious says no in its own way.
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Charles Eisenstein (The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible)
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Overcoming procrastination is not, I repeat, not about cramming additional work into your day . . . overcoming procrastination is about simplifying your life to make space for the activities that matter most.
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Richie Norton (The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret)
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Nothing is born into this world without labor.
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Rob Liano
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We often view ourselves as procrastinators or lazy or unmotivated. When in reality, we’re simply unwilling. We put things off or avoid them completely because we tell ourselves we just don’t want to do it or that we can’t do it.
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Gary John Bishop (Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life)
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Actually believe in your potential. You spend all day and all night daydreaming and sometimes talking to yourself... out loud, which people can see by the way so maybe consider stopping that, about all the things you wish you could be and do, but instead you doubt yourself and say its impossible, and instead of following your unrealistic dreams, you should accept that you're an average person that will never get lucky and should just do what the world seems to have laid out for you like.. study law at University. That's not gonna go down well, just trust me there. You are a horrific procrastinator and one day you will just mature enough to look past what you have been told about the world, and decide to take it into your own hands, and that will finally make you happy.
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Daniel Howell
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If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. Once begun upon this downward path, you never know where you are to stop. Many a man has dated his ruin from some murder or other that perhaps he thought little of at the time.
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Thomas De Quincey
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A Gift for You I send you... The gift of a letter from your wise self. This is the part of you that sees you with benevolent, loving eyes. You find this letter in a thick envelope with your name on it, and the word YES written boldly above your name. My Dear, I am writing this to remind you of your 'essence beauty.' This is the part of you that has nothing to do with age, occupation, weight, history, or pain. This is the soft, untouched, indelible you. You can love yourself in this moment, no matter what you have, or haven't done or been. See past any masks, devices, or inventions that obscure your essence. Remember your true purpose, WHICH is only Love. If you cannot see or feel love, lie down now and cry; it will cleanse your vision and free your heart. I love you; I am you.
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S.A.R.K. (Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day)
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Put it off for a bit. All life is putting off. Well, not entirely.
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Anthony Burgess (Earthly Powers)
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Instead of waiting for the right moment, BE the right moment. You won't be ready for anything if you aren't ready to be you.
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Kaiden Blake (Before Ever After)
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Social media not only snatches your time, but it also teaches you attention deficiency.
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Neeraj Agnihotri (Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation From Procrastination)
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Procrastinating is number one of my Stupid List. You still end up exactly where you didn't want to be, doing exactly what you didn't want to do, with the only difference being you lost all that time in between, during which you could have been doing something fun. Even worse, you probably stayed in a stressed-out, scrappy mood the whole time you were avoiding it.
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Karen Marie Moning (Iced (Fever, #6))
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We all know of people who thought they could to it (whatever β€œit” is) tomorrow. We have all procrastinated on such a way, and often to our personal regret. It happens time and again, putting off things that we convince ourselves might be better, more meaningful, more appropriate for another time. So often that better time either never comes or really isn’t better or more appropriate after all. And then, sadly, the window of opportunity -to do something great- closes.
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Tim Tebow (Through My Eyes)
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There is absolutely no worse death curse than the humdrum daily existence of the living dead.
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Anthon St. Maarten
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Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. NAPOLEON HILL
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
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Since procrastination is a message from our natural willpower via low motivation, the cure is changing the environment, or one’s profession, by selecting one in which one does not have to fight one’s impulses. Few can grasp the logical consequence that, instead, one should lead a life in which procrastination is good, as a naturalistic-risk-based form of decision making.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder)
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NOW is a fact that cannot be dodged.
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Sinclair Lewis (It Can't Happen Here)
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If the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is eat a live frog, then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day!" Brian Tracy says that your "frog" should be the most difficult item on your things-to-do list, the one you're most likely to procrastinate on; because, if you eat that first, it'll give you energy and momentum for the rest of the day. But, if you don't...if you let him sit there on the plate and stare at you while you do a hundred unimportant things, it can drain your energy and you won't even know it.
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Brian Tracy
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Rule: Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
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They say, timing is everything. But then they say, there is never a perfect time for anything.
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Anthony Liccione
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Habits stay with you even when you don’t have the motivation.
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Neeraj Agnihotri (Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation From Procrastination)
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People who take a long view of their lives and careers always seem to make much better decisions about their time and activities than people who give very little thought to the future.
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
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You can put off your dreams, your desires, your careers, your farms. You can avoid your responsibilities, obligations, promises, and sovereign rights. But any person who wants to make music, and doesn't, is a goddamned fool.
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Jenna Woginrich
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A man never lies with more delicious languor under the influence of a passion than when he has persuaded himself that he shall subdue it to-morrow.
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George Eliot (Adam Bede)
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Let's make progress, not excuses.
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Justin Cotillard
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In most cases you are the one who confuses just doing the job with testing your worth. Replace 'I have to' with 'I choose to'.
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Neil A. Fiore (The Now Habit, A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play)
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All I ever did to that apartment was hang fifty yards of yellow theatrical silk across the bedroom windows, because I had some idea that the gold light would make me feel better, but I did not bother to weight the curtains correctly and all that summer the long panels of transparent golden silk would blow out the windows and get tangled and drenched in afternoon thunderstorms. That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every evasion and ever procrastination, every word, all of it.
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Joan Didion (Slouching Towards Bethlehem)
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But he never makes a call to ask for help. He cannot put his finger on precisely what is stopping him. He has had time to think about it. It remains an enigma. He scoured the internet in search of advice for pathological procrastinators. He drew up lists of what he had to lose, what he would be risking, and what he had to gain. It made no difference. He calls no-one.
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Virginie Despentes (Vernon Subutex 1)
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Rejection is more valuable than inaction. All that I have learned until now has been because of rejections. Inaction didn’t teach me a thing.
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Neeraj Agnihotri (Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation From Procrastination)
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Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It's important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.
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Robert Herjavec (The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding)
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When will we wake up and see that the silent killer is killing our children? When will we open our eyes to see that we are the reason why the silent killer is powerful? We, the children’s guardians, teachers, school administrators, and higher authorities are the ones who are giving the silent killer its powers because we ignore what we see; we ignore what we hear, we procrastinate by forgiving the silent killer, by giving it too many chances, one after another. When will we realize that the silent killer isn’t only manipulating our children but it is controlling us too?
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Charlena E. Jackson
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Create a guidebook of creative dreams You can use a blank book or just blank paper clipped together. Put photographs or scraps from magazines in that represent your creative dreams. Draw, scribble, or paint in between the images. Make a list of creative dreams you've thought of or admire in others.
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S.A.R.K.
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The Key to Success is Action
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
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When you have a plan in your mind of what the best life is for you, but it doesn't match your life, you have pain.
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Shannon L. Alder
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A camera is just a medium to capture what you have in your vision, and vision is something that cannot be bought.
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Neeraj Agnihotri (Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation From Procrastination)
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Understand one thing – the time is the only actual currency you have. Even though it might be daunting for some people, it’s the ultimate truth.
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Neeraj Agnihotri (Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation From Procrastination)
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I see that I've become a really bad correspondent. It's not that I don't think of you. You come into my thoughts often. But when you do it appears to me that I owe you a particularly grand letter. And so you end in the "warehouse of good intentions": "Can't do it now." "Then put it on hold." This is one's strategy for coping with old age, and with death--because one can't die with so many obligations in storage. Our clever species, so fertile and resourceful in denying its weaknesses.
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Saul Bellow
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The funny thing about my procrastination was that I was almost done with the screenplay. I was like a person who had fought dragons and lost limbs and crawled through swamps and now, finally, the castle was visible. I could see tiny children waving flags on the balcony; all I had to do was walk across a field to get to them. But all of a sudden I was very, very sleepy. And the children couldn't believe their eyes as I folded down to my knees and fell to the ground face-first, with my eyes open. Motionless, I watched ants hurry in and out of a hole and I knew that standing up again would be a thousand times harder than the dragon or the swamp and so I did not even try. I just clicked on one thing after another after another.
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Miranda July (It Chooses You)
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They say, "Look before you leap." So look. But do not look for too long. Do not look into the void of uncertainty trying to predict each and every possible outcome, to evaluate every possible mistake, to prevent each possible failure. Look for the opportunity to leap, and leap faster than your fear can grab you. Leap before you talk yourself out of it, before you convince yourself to set up a temporary camp that turns into a permanent delay on your journey into your own heart.
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Vironika Tugaleva
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Identifying Your Dream Some people can easily identify one primary dream. For others, a dream is more elusive. These people often have many dreams at once, or a general idea of a dream that never takes a specific shape.
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S.A.R.K. (Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day)
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To-morrow I will begin," thought Katy, as she dropped asleep that night. How often we all do so! And what a pity it is that when morning comes and to-morrow is to-day, we so frequently wake up feeling quite differently; careless or impatient, and not a bit inclined to do the fine things we planned overnight.
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Susan Coolidge (What Katy Did)
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He saw it for the first time: on the day he died he would be wearing unmatching socks, there would be unanswered e-mails, and in the hovel he called home there would still be shirts missing cuff buttons, a malfunctioning light in the hall, and unpaid bills, uncleared attics, dead flies, friends waiting for a reply and lovers he had not owned up to.
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Ian McEwan (Solar)
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Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. The bigger your goals and the clearer they are, the more excited you become about achieving them. The more you think about your goals, the greater becomes your inner drive and desire to accomplish them.
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
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Building your "dream life" is filled with things that can feel like the opposite of a dream: Mistakes Delays Starting over Failure The building part is actually more of a rebuilding that is a continual process. The building is not linear in nature but far more interesting. You might start a creative dream, take the "next step", and find yourself completely bored, dissatisfied, or just not inspired.
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S.A.R.K. (Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day)
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The maid in the lime-color panties... She had a plain broad face and was the most virtuous woman alive: she laid for EVERYBODY, regardless of race, creed, color or place of national origin, donating herself sociably as an act of hospitality, procrastinating not even for the moment it might take to discard the cloth or broom or dust mop she was clutching at the time she was grabbed. Her allure stemmed from her accessibility; like Mt. Everest, she was there, and the men climbed on top of her each time they felt the urge.
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Joseph Heller (Catch-22)
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We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The 'tide in the affairs of men' does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: 'Too late.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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This imaginary gift is a journey for your imagination. I send you... A luxury train ride. On this train are all the inspiring people you've ever wanted to meet or talk to. You glide from car to car, sitting or lying down on velvet lounge chairs, listening and asking questions. There is also a voluminous library on the train, with every book you've ever wanted to read or look at. Kind people bring you delicious tidbits to eat and nourishing liquids to drink. If you take a nap, time stands still until you return so you never miss anything. You receive a large journal filled with photographs, drawings and descriptions of your journey to take with you when you leave. You realize that you can board this train at any time.
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S.A.R.K.
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In life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems. If the possibility of failure were erased, what would you attempt to achieve? The essence of man is imperfection. Know that you're going to make mistakes. The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does. Wake up and realize this: Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success. Achievers are given multiple reasons to believe they are failures. But in spite of that, they persevere. The average for entrepreneurs is 3.8 failures before they finally make it in business. When achievers fail, they see it as a momentary event, not a lifelong epidemic. Procrastination is too high a price to pay for fear of failure. To conquer fear, you have to feel the fear and take action anyway. Forget motivation. Just do it. Act your way into feeling, not wait for positive emotions to carry you forward. Recognize that you will spend much of your life making mistakes. If you can take action and keep making mistakes, you gain experience. Life is playing a poor hand well. The greatest battle you wage against failure occurs on the inside, not the outside. Why worry about things you can't control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you? Handicaps can only disable us if we let them. If you are continually experiencing trouble or facing obstacles, then you should check to make sure that you are not the problem. Be more concerned with what you can give rather than what you can get because giving truly is the highest level of living. Embrace adversity and make failure a regular part of your life. If you're not failing, you're probably not really moving forward. Everything in life brings risk. It's true that you risk failure if you try something bold because you might miss it. But you also risk failure if you stand still and don't try anything new. The less you venture out, the greater your risk of failure. Ironically the more you risk failure β€” and actually fail β€” the greater your chances of success. If you are succeeding in everything you do, then you're probably not pushing yourself hard enough. And that means you're not taking enough risks. You risk because you have something of value you want to achieve. The more you do, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get. Determining what went wrong in a situation has value. But taking that analysis another step and figuring out how to use it to your benefit is the real difference maker when it comes to failing forward. Don't let your learning lead to knowledge; let your learning lead to action. The last time you failed, did you stop trying because you failed, or did you fail because you stopped trying? Commitment makes you capable of failing forward until you reach your goals. Cutting corners is really a sign of impatience and poor self-discipline. Successful people have learned to do what does not come naturally. Nothing worth achieving comes easily. The only way to fail forward and achieve your dreams is to cultivate tenacity and persistence. Never say die. Never be satisfied. Be stubborn. Be persistent. Integrity is a must. Anything worth having is worth striving for with all your might. If we look long enough for what we want in life we are almost sure to find it. Success is in the journey, the continual process. And no matter how hard you work, you will not create the perfect plan or execute it without error. You will never get to the point that you no longer make mistakes, that you no longer fail. The next time you find yourself envying what successful people have achieved, recognize that they have probably gone through many negative experiences that you cannot see on the surface. Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.
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John C. Maxwell (Failing Forward)
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There are those who fear the sunset, worried they will never see light again. There are those who ignore the sunrise, squandering dawn, believing they will never run out of daylight. And then there are those who have learned to live in the sun's warmth, gauging time by its positions, thankful at night that the day happened. Be aware of time. Use it wisely. Be thankful for the light allotted.
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Richelle E. Goodrich (Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year)
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Capable psychonauts who think about thinking, about states of mind, about set and setting, can get things done not because they have more willpower or drive, but because they know productivity is a game played against a childish primal human predilection for pleasure and novelty that can never be excised from the soul. Your effort is better spent outsmarting yourself than making empty promises through plugging dates into a calendar or setting deadlines for push-ups.
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David McRaney (You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself)
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I think I’m going to skip all of my classes today because I need a β€œme” day. The problem with β€œme” days is that I need them four times a week. The problem with me is that I’m very smart and very capable (or so I’ve been told) but my laziness hinders me. Laziness. They forgot to add procrastination, self-destruction, and the inability to leave my bed to the list. The problem with me is that I’ve dealt with this before but have no idea what to do next. I should email my past teachers and ask them what I did after I sent them messages excusing my week-long absences from class due to β€œpersonal reasons.” I should stop scratching my hand in case my mom asks me if I’m okay again. I am okay. I am doing fine. But I have an itch that I cannot place, an itch that changes locations when my fingers find it. The problem with me is that I will focus on it completely until it goes away. The problem with this feeling is that it never goes away. It has always been one large itch that I cannot place.
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Lora Mathis
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A Gift for You I send you... A cottage retreat on a hill in Ireland. This cottage is filled with fresh flowers, art supplies, and a double-wide chaise lounge in front of a wood-burning fireplace. There is a cabinet near the front door, where your favorite meals appear, several times a day. Desserts are plentiful and calorie free. The closet is stocked with colorful robes and pajamas, and a painting in the bedroom slides aside to reveal a plasma television screen with every movie you've ever wanted to watch. A wooden mailbox at the end of the lane is filled daily with beguiling invitations to tea parties, horse-and-carriage rides, theatrical performances, and violin concerts. There is no obligation or need to respond. You sleep deeply and peacefully each night, and feel profoundly healthy. This cottage is yours to return to at any time.
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S.A.R.K. (Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day)
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This idea comes to you, you can see it, but to accomplish it you need what I call a "setup." For example, you may need a working shop or a working painting studio. You may beed a working music studio. Or a computer room where you can write something. It's crucial to have a setup, so that, at any given moment, when you get an idea, you have the place and the tools to make it happen. If you don't have a setup, there are many times when you get the inspiration, the idea, but you have no tools, no place to put it together. And the idea just sits there and festers. Overtime, it will go away. You didn't filfill it--and that's just a heartache.
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David Lynch (Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity)
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But indefinite visions of ambition are weak against the ease of doing what is habitual or beguilingly agreeable; and we all know the difficulty of carrying out a resolve when we secretly long that it may turn out to be unnecessary. In such states of mind the most incredulous person has a private leaning towards miracle: impossible to conceive how our wish could be fulfilled, still - very wonderful things have happened!
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George Eliot (Middlemarch)
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At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: β€˜I have to go to workβ€”as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born forβ€”the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm? β€”But it’s nicer here… So you were born to feel β€˜nice’? Instead of doings things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands? β€”But we have to sleep sometime… Agreed. But nature set a limit on thatβ€”as it did on eating and drinking. And you’re over the limit. You’ve had more than enough of that. But not of working. There you’re still below your quota. You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. Do you have less respect for your own nature than the engraver does for engraving, the dancer for dance, the miser for money or the social climber for status? When they’re really possessed by what they do, they’d rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts.
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Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)
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Inside Critics The critical voices in our own heads are far more vicious than what we might hear from the outside. Our "inside critics" have intimate knowledge of us and can zero in on our weakest spots. You might be told by the critics that you're too fat, too old, too young, not intelligent enough, a quitter, not logical, prone to try too many things... It's all balderdash! Some elements of these may be true, and it's completely up to you how they affect you. Inside critics are really just trying to protect you. You can: Learn to dialogue with them. Give them new jobs. Turn them into allies. You can also dismantle/exterminate them.
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S.A.R.K. (Creative Companion: How to Free Your Creative Spirit)
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Initially, I feel expansive when I try something new, and then contract as soon as I encounter difficulty or the unknown. I am learning to experiment with my tolerance of difficulty and the not knowing, in order to go further with my creative dreams. Whenever I experience contraction, I explore it by asking, "Where did I stop and why?" Building a creative dream life is not just about achieving, succeeding, or "meeting goals." It is also about floundering, stumbling, tripping and failing.
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S.A.R.K.
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RIVETING TORPOR It is remarkable how far I am prepared to go In order to avoid doing the one thing that might Provide satisfaction, and it is remarkable to consider What I will do instead of it, purely for the pleasure Of being dissatisfied. When it is merely a matter Of sitting down for a few hours and dreaming That something of value might eventually arise From this routine of self-enforced boredom.
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John Tottenham (The Inertia Variations)
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I generally find,' Clent murmured after a pause, 'that it is best to treat borrowed time the same way as borrowed money. Spend it with panache, and try to be somewhere else when it runs out.' 'And when we get found, Mr. Clent, when the creditors and bailiffs come after us and it's payment time...' '...then we borrow more, madam, at a higher interest. We embark on a wilder gamble, make a bigger promise, tell a braver story, devise a more intricate lie, sell the hides of imaginary dragons to desperate men, climb to even higher and more precarious ground...and later, of course, our fall and catastrophe will be all the worse, but later will be our watchword, Mosca. We have nothing else - but we can at least make later later.
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Frances Hardinge (Fly Trap)
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You guys like to tell jokes and giggle and kid around, huh? Giggling like a bunch of young broads in a school yard. Well, let me tell you a joke: Five guys sitting in a bull pen, San Quentin. Wondering how the fuck they got there. What'd we do wrong? What should we've done? What didn't we do? It's your fault, my fault, his fault. All that bullshit. Finally, someone comes up with the idea, wait a minute, while we were planning this caper, all we did was sit around and tell fucking jokes. Got the message?
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Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs)
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We have a task before us which must be speedily performed. We know that it will be ruinous to make delay. The most important crisis of our life calls, trumpet-tongued, for immediate energy and action. We glow, we are consumed with eagerness to commence the work, with the anticipation of whose glorious result our whole souls are on fire. It must, it shall be undertaken to-day, and yet we put it off until to-morrow; and why? There is no answer, except that we feel perverse, using the word with no comprehension of the principle. To-morrow arrives, and with it a more impatient anxiety to do our duty, but with this very increase of anxiety arrives, also, a nameless, a positively fearful, because unfathomable, craving for delay. This craving gathers strength as the moments fly. The last hour for action is at hand. We tremble with the violence of the conflict within us, β€” of the definite with the indefinite β€” of the substance with the shadow. But, if the contest have proceeded thus far, it is the shadow which prevails, β€” we struggle in vain. The clock strikes, and is the knell of our welfare. At the same time, it is the chanticleer-note to the ghost that has so long overawed us. It flies β€” it disappears β€” we are free. The old energy returns. We will labor now. Alas, it is too late!
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Edgar Allan Poe (The Complete Stories and Poems)
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here’s my 8-step process for maximizing efficacy (doing the right things): Wake up at least 1 hour before you have to be at a computer screen. Email is the mind-killer. Make a cup of tea (I like pu-erh) and sit down with a pen/pencil and paper. Write down the 3 to 5 thingsβ€”and no moreβ€”that are making you the most anxious or uncomfortable. They’re often things that have been punted from one day’s to-do list to the next, to the next, to the next, and so on. Most important usually equals most uncomfortable, with some chance of rejection or conflict. For each item, ask yourself: β€œIf this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?” β€œWill moving this forward make all the other to-dos unimportant or easier to knock off later?” Put another way: β€œWhat, if done, will make all of the rest easier or irrelevant?” Look only at the items you’ve answered β€œyes” to for at least one of these questions. Block out at 2 to 3 hours to focus on ONE of them for today. Let the rest of the urgent but less important stuff slide. It will still be there tomorrow. TO BE CLEAR: Block out at 2 to 3 HOURS to focus on ONE of them for today. This is ONE BLOCK OF TIME. Cobbling together 10 minutes here and there to add up to 120 minutes does not work. No phone calls or social media allowed. If you get distracted or start procrastinating, don’t freak out and downward-spiral; just gently come back to your ONE to-do.
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Timothy Ferriss (Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers)
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During the act of making something, I experience a kind of blissful absence of the self and a loss of time. When I am done, I return to both feeling as restored as if I had been on a trip. I almost never get this feeling any other way. I once spent sixteen hours making 150 wedding invitations by hand and was not for one instance of that time tempted to eat or look at my watch. By contrast, if seated at the computer, I check my email conservatively 30,000 times a day. When I am writing, I must have a snack, call a friend, or abuse myself every ten minutes. I used to think that this was nothing more than the difference between those things we do for love and those we do for money. But that can't be the whole story. I didn't always write for a living, and even back when it was my most fondly held dream to one day be able to do so, writing was always difficult. Writing is like pulling teeth. From my dick.
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David Rakoff (Don't Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems)